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Re: Anoles again


Yeah. I wrote a chapter for a college biology textbook once on animal behavior and I've been kinda stuck on it ever since. It's at the crux of the learned behavior verses inherited behavior argument. Fascinating stuff [at least to me].


On Oct 11, 2005, at 6:14 PM, kmrsy@netzero.com wrote:

Never a dull moment at the plantation...

-- james singer <islandjim1@verizon.net> wrote:
I was cutting old leaves off the giant bird of paradise so I could take
an unobstructed picture of a stem of blooms. When I ripped off an old
leaf sheath, I uncovered an ant nest. Bird flowers exude sweet, sticky
stuff and I think the ants accept that as payment for pollinating the
flowers. Anyway, suddenly there a zillion ants running every which way,
and I started to go get a sprayer. But then just as suddenly, there
were anoles everywhere eating ants. I noticed that the anoles seemed to
favor the ants that were carrying eggs--two for one, I guess. In all,
it took about 10 minutes before all the ants were either eaten or
safely hiding somewhere. Was really interesting to watch--the baby
anoles were just as aggressive as the adults.


Island Jim
Southwest Florida
27.0 N, 82.4 W
Hardiness Zone 10
Heat Zone 10
Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
Maximum 100 F [38 C]

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Southwest Florida
27.0 N, 82.4 W
Hardiness Zone 10
Heat Zone 10
Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
Maximum 100 F [38 C]

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